Shimkus backs House Republicans' health care bill

WASHINGTON — U.S. Rep. John Shimkus, R-Collinsville, Tuesday issued a statement in support of the House Republican replacement for the Affordable Care Act.

Mellencamp, Derulo among State Fair acts

SPRINGFIELD — The Illinois State Fair has announced six acts for 2017.
Chase Rice will headline Aug. 11. The singer/songwriter has toured the world with Kenny Chesney and Dierks Bentley.

Rice co-wrote the song “Cruise,” which was recorded by Florida Georgia Line.
On Aug. 16, Alabama takes grandstand stage. The trio has released 21 straight chart-topping singles.

Rauner urges OK of budget deal now in Senate

SPRINGFIELD — Amid a more than two-year-long budget stalemate that has left the state with a backlog of nearly $12 billion in unpaid bills, Gov. Bruce Rauner Wednesday called for passage of a budget deal now in the state Senate.

How did DUI driver walk free?

MAHOMET — Illinois State Police say they will review their procedures in the aftermath of a New Year's morning drunken driving crash that left a Mahomet woman dead and authorities in search of the Guatemala native who allegedly hit her.

Area educators give DeVos an 'F'

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Republicans expect President Donald Trump's embattled choice for Secretary of Education to survive a close call in her Senate confirmation vote.

State police report icy roadways in District 10

State police on Sunday evening reported sections of Interstates 57, 72 and 74 are covered in ice.

The Illinois State Police District 10 Twitter account reported troopers were responding to "multiple crashes all across District 10" on Sunday evening as a result of snowy and icy conditions.

Tom Kacich: Hearing lacks Chicago presence

The setting was an Illinois Senate hearing on a big gambling expansion bill that calls for six more casinos in the state, including the first one for the city of Chicago. Proceeds from the Chicago casino's earnings, which would easily be in the hundreds of millions a year, would be earmarked for the city's police and fire pension funds.

Wanna see the trophy? Buy a ticket

Fans of the Chicago Cubs looking to further celebrate the team's first World Series victory in more than 100 years are getting some help from the University of Illinois.

Pope talks local farming before Monday speech

The featured speaker at Monday’s annual meeting of the Champaign County Farm Bureau will provide an early outlook on the 2017 farm season.

Tom Kacich: A key week for the fiscal future of Illinois

The economy in Champaign-Urbana, largely immune from the deterioration in other parts of Illinois in recent years, is starting to show effects, according to a report on Illinois' economic forecast by Moody's Analytics.